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Screenplay Writing Online Course

'The Process of  Creating  Comedy'

 

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.

 

—Gene Fowler

 

'Comedy'

 

1. A play characterised by its humorous or satirical tone and its depiction of amusing people or incidents, in which the characters ultimately triumph over adversity.

2.

a. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.

b. The genre made up of such works.

3. A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.

4. Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.

5. The art of composing or performing comedy.

6. A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.

                                                                                    

 

      Always... 

1) Be a ruthless editor of your work 

2) Be a tireless life observant find the funny stuff in everything around you. 

3) Be concise,  pay  attention to detail in the rhythm and timing in your every sentence 

 

Learn about this and much more...

 

"The Process of Creating Comedy"

 Oline Screenwriting Course 

4 Weeks Online Course . 

We work on your comedy screenplay/

idea from scratch, from beginning to end. 

1 to 1 tutorials, Weekly course work.

Monthly Analysis Report

 Learn Tricks and Tips

Discount on Screenplay Coverage

 

Price: £85

 

Course Contents:

1. Comedy is Real and it's painful 

2. Be willing to take Risks

3. The Comic Factor

4. The Comic characters 

5. The Comic dialogue 

6. Your comic tools 

7. The Comic Situation 

8. Perfecting your Screenplay 

Types of comedy

Slapstick 
Bob picks up a large plank. Tom behind him says "Hey Bob, careful with that plank!" Bob, turns round saying "What?" and whacks Fred in the face with the plank

Parody
Parody is where a work deliberately mimmicks the style of another for comic effect or ridicule.

Spoof 
Spoof is light parody or gentle imitation. Is it not necessarily intended to ridicule or make fun of the thing being spoofed but the comedy happens in the recognition of the piece being spoofed. 

Satire
Satire is where a section of society or politics is deliberately mimicked and mocked in order to poke fun at them and point criticism using humour.

Irony
Irony is where the opposite of what is expected happens or where someone says the opposite of what they mean. The lack of harmony between something that is expected and the reality.

Sarcasm
sarcasm is where an insult or quick remark is fired at someone with the intention of causing injury. It is often used in repsonse to an initial statement or comment in order to pour scorn on the stated idea or statement. Sarcasm often features irony.

Farce 
This is where comedy is achieved through exaggeration and extreme characters in preposterous circumstances that seem to spiral out of control and become ever more ludicrous. 

Black comedy
This is a dark comedy where a light humored touch is applied to very dark and serious subject matter in order to ease the pain or make some specific point by juxtaposing the humour and the sadness. 

Surrealism 
Throwing together completely disjointed concepts and random ideas to weave together something bizarre.